GIVE THE RED CARD TO BOGUS WORLD CUP LOTTERY TEXTS

GIVE THE RED CARD TO BOGUS WORLD CUP LOTTERY TEXTS

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 in Clayton Update

Consumer Affairs Minister Tony Robinson today warned Victorians to watch out for a “FIFA World Cup” lottery scam.

Mr Robinson said scammers were sending unsolicited text messages inviting recipients to claim prizes of more than $US5 million by contacting an overseas email address or mobile phone number.

By responding to the text, consumers are asked for their email address and are sent a form requesting personal financial information before they can secure their so-called winnings.

Mr Robinson said con artists were trying to cash on World Cup fever and urged Victorians to trash the text message.

“The Brumby Labor Government is standing up for Victorians by making sure they know about the latest scams and frauds so they can protect their finances and avoid being ripped off,” he said.

“This bogus lottery is nothing more than a scam designed to get your personal and financial details, leaving you open to fraud and identity theft.

“Don’t be fooled – you can’t win a lottery you never entered.”

Mr Robinson advised Victorians who received the FIFA World Cup lottery text message not to respond.

“If you receive a text message out-of-the blue informing you have won a so-called lottery, delete it.  Do not respond and do not provide personal or financial details to anyone you do not know or trust.

 “Always remember, if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

“The only people making money from these so-called lotteries are the fraudsters trying to scam you.”

For more information about scams and how to protect yourself, or to dob in a suspected scam, contact Consumer Affairs Victoria on 1300 55 81 81 or visit www.consumer.vic.gov.au

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